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Black Lagoon's Anime OP

As a matter of rule, I don't watch the opening or closing credits for anime on DVD.  I'll watch them once to see how they look, but unless their soundtrack is composed by Yoko Kanno or something, I don't need to watch them again.  That's time that could better be spent watching the show itself.

But every once in a while, there's an exception.  I found myself sitting through the opening credits of Black Lagoon for this one frame.

It's pretty compelling.  The character is Remy, a broken sociopathic murderer.  She is often disenfranchised, stoic or bitter.  Rarely, and usually when it precedes murderous violence, she'll be happy.

That's part of the thing that gets me about the frame.  She's deceptively cute in the still, because her character isn't developed to be cute at all.  My attention always starts with her eyes, smile, and scrawl on her cheek.  But right after that, I become aware of the clues to her menace and strength:  Her two guns strapped to her shoulder harness and the tribal tattoo going down her right arm.  Only then do I realize: "Wait.  Is she reaching for a weapon?"

BTW, I'm done with Black Lagoon now, and am moving on to Flag.

Tags: anime, art


 halophoenix on May 3rd 2009 at 5:42 PM
I was curious about this too - given when I know about the series, I just thought this was a little out of character. But then your analysis kind of put it into focus for me. :) So what did you think of Black Lagoon, anyway? Compelling yes, but enjoyable? I haven't seen it, and I'm sure it'll be all over Otakon this year!

 dblume on May 4th 2009 at 11:33 PM
Enjoyable for me. It's certainly not warm and fuzzy, and my kids and wife wouldn't care for it. I really liked the attention to detail when it came to the gunplay. Maybe give it two episodes? And if it hasn't drawn you in, don't bother with the rest.